The rocket launch from Wallops Island on Sunday, November 12, was successful. An earlier launch scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, was postponed.
The launch was barely visible from our neighborhood because of cloud banks over the Chesapeake Bay. For a few seconds after launch, the flame from the tail of the rocket was visible as a bright yellow-orange spot climbing into the sky then disappearing behind the cloud bank.
Rockets are launched from the Wallops Island launch pad from time to time. Watch their website for launch schedules: Wallops Island NASA website.
Launch originally was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:37 AM. However, that launch was scrubbed with 1 minute 15 seconds left in the countdown because an aircraft had intruded into the launch airspace.
To view the launch, look to the east, across the Chesapeake Bay — Wallops Island launch facility is on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, across the Bay from our neighborhood. A good place to see the launch is at the end of the deck in our picnic area.
A rocket will be launched from Wallops Island, Va., on Saturday morning and will be visible from our neighborhood.
Look to the east
A good place from which to watch the rocket launch is from the end of a dock in the Potomac River, including the deck at the picnic area at the west end of Potomac Drive. Look east, toward the Chesapeake Bay.
The rocket will be launched from the NASA installation at Wallops Island, VA, which lies almost directly east of our neighborhood. This launch is a rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station.
Launch times can be delayed because of weather or technical difficulties. It’s a good idea to start watching for the launch about five minutes before launch time. Also, you can listen to the launch countdown by following NASA Wallops on Twitter and/or Facebook.
Our neighborhood may experience rain during the period October 9 – 11 as the remnants of Hurricane Nate travel northeast from the Gulf Coast.
As of Thursday, October 5, Tropical Storm Nate is expected to increase to hurricane strength and strike the Gulf Coast early Sunday, October 8. After making landfall, Nate will drop to tropical storm strength, travel across Alabama and Tennessee and move into our area early in the week of October 9 – 13, as a tropical depression, mostly as rain with possibly high winds.
As of 5:00 PM EDT, Friday, September 15, National Hurricane Center projections suggest our neighborhood may receive winds in the 10 – 20 MPH range from Hurricane Jose as the storm moves through the Atlantic paralleling the East Coast. While the storm is not forecast to make landfall, we are in the warning cone for winds, possibly accompanied by rain.
Here is Jose’s forecast track as of 5:00 PM EDT, Friday, Sep 15.
Here is a forecast of wind speeds. Note we are in the 10 – 20 MPH wind speed band.
This chart is an experimental depiction of wind arrival times, indicating we may experience winds throughout the day Monday, Sep. 18, from early morning until late Monday night-Tuesday morning..
The current five-day weather forecast for our neighborhood calls for a 20% chance of rain Monday and Tuesday with winds of 10 and 14 MPH respectively; high temperature in the high 70’s both days.
These current forecasts do not indicate we will experience any severe weather, except for higher than normal winds.